RUSKIN — A new expansion project at E.G. Simmons Park will provide double the launch space for area boaters, parks officials said.
The current two floating docks and 40-foot ramp have left boaters waiting to get in and out of the water, said parks department spokesman John Brill.
Two additional docks and another 40-foot ramp will decrease waiting times and increase safety, he said. The additions will sit next to the existing ramp.
Construction on the $476,500 project will begin this month and should be completed by October. The existing launch space will remain open, and boaters should not expect construction delays, Brill said.
The 469-acre park at 2401 19th Ave. provides access for saltwater fishing and boating. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the summer. Daily boat launch passes cost $5, and an annual pass is $100.